What we say
The Vale Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort's 'The Lakes' is nowhere near as long and intimidating as the neighbouring Wales National, but it's probably more fun and enjoyable and you can see why the members love it to bits.
Unusually, the round starts with a downhill par 3 but it picks up after that with the signature hole being another short hole, but this time you're firing at a Sawgrass-style green surrounded by water. There's a quality finishing hole too, the green sitting beyond a pond and overlooked by mature trees as well as prying eyes in the hotel.
Wales premier 4* Resort is now one of the UK's most desirable golf break destinations.
Nestled in over 650 acres of beautiful Welsh Countryside this world class Resort encompasses 143 luxury bedroom hotel, 2 championship golf courses - the Wales National at 7,433 yards and the aptly named Lake Course with water comin into play on 12 holes, Wales' largest spa plus award winning cuisine in the AA Rosette Vale Grill and exceptional leisure facilities.
Situated within easy reach of Cardiff, Birmingham and central London the Vale Resort is ideally placed for easy access for golfers across the UK.
- TG Rating
- Players Rating
- Address Hensol, , PONTYCLUN
- Tel 01443 665899
- Website www.vale-hotel.com
|Green Fees||Rates from £30-£70|
|Course Length||6,436 yards (5,885 metres)|
- Course has: Bar
- Course has: Buggy Hire
- Course has: Driving Range
- Course has: Practice Green
- Course has: Pro Shop
- Course has: Restaurant
- Course has: Trolley Hire
- Course has: Dress Code
- Course has: Club Hire
- Course has: Handicap
We were slightly early so we made use of the facilities. The putting and chipping greens were in great condition. We were greeted on the first tee by a friendly course marshal who gave us a couple of tips and told us how much we would enjoy the course. The course itself is quite long so I wouldn't envy anyone playing there on a windy day!! The greens were in brilliant condition and you could tell the green keepers worked hard to keep it like that. The water comes in to play on several holes so that gives you something to think about too. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our golf here and would definitely return soon.
I woke too a sunny morning but never thought i would like this course so much and have so much fun in the sun. Yes it was tough but wow just everything was great Easy too find easy too park ,very nice changing rooms they have a wicked putting area and good driving range too get the body ready for all the different shots you need.As the other reviews say the island par 3 is amazing and got some lovely pictures as the course is well maintained and beautiful with flowers and all the water Id like to thank the guys at the club for making it a wonderful day ps get a buggy otherwise it's a bit of a walk
From tees to greens this course is in fantastic condition for this time of year, the greens are excellent and the drainage is fantastic as it had been raining for two days before we got there and thought it might be a bit soggy but we couldn’t be so wrong. I would recommend this to every golfer of all abilities as it requires a lot of thought as there is a lot of water about. The staff at the resort are some of the friendliest people I have met and will do all they can to help you. A must play course, with the par 4, 12th with its island green a fantastic birdie opportunity.
Although shorter than The National course, this course is a mean test of golf comprising of both long and short holes. longest being the par 5, 14th at 558yds off the yellows and the shortest being the 13th at around 120 yds. Water comes into play on 9 holes with the 18th being a fantastic risk/reward hole dog legged par 5 with a large green that has water, front left and back of the green and OOB right.